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On Coalition Course

Arun Kumar (Author)
Synopsis It was dubbed as an election nobody wanted. Yet more people came out to vote than they ever did in amid-term poll. And in voting the fourth hung house in as many elections, they again altered the complexion of the Indian polity as more then half the seats changed hands. If 1996 was a turning-point signaling the end of singly party dominance, 1998 truly launched India on a coalition course. This book tells it all relating the unfolding events from the day Kesri pulled the plug on Gujral pushing India into another election. Besides an overview of the outcome, it brings home the battle in various states and regions as the election carnival got rolling in the world’s largest democracy. The issues that exercised the voters’ mind and the strategies and the stratagems adopted by the contenders to win them over too are touched upon. Best of PTI pictures bring alive the election scene, while graphics and computer analysis on the fluctuating political fortunes complete the story. Looking beyond cold statistics, it answers all the questions one-voter, politician or pollster-want to ask about the fractured verdict of 1998.
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About the author

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar has been watching the Indian poll scene for thirty years as a professional journalist. Since 1989, he has organized the election coverage of the Press Trust of India, the country's premier news agency – on five occasions for the Lok Sabha, besides numerous polls to the state assemblies. This is the fifth in the series of election books by the author. His works include, The Tenth Round: The story off the 1991 elections, The Battle for the Heartland, on the 1993 assembly elections, The Turning Point telling the 1996 poll story and On Coalition Course after the 1998 voting exercise. A Master in Political Science, with international relations, in 1980 he became the first Indian correspondent to serve in Pakistan after the 1965 Indo-Pak war. From one closed society, he went to another – China before returning back to India in 1988. Born in Delhi in 1946, Arun Kumar worked for a Delhi magazine and a newspaper in Ahmedabad before joining PTI in s1969. He now works as a Public Affairs Adviser.

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Bibliographic information

Title On Coalition Course
Author Arun Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812120609X
length 200p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Plates; Index; 23cm.